Latest release: “No Ghost” (Bella Union)
Who: This Canadian folk-rock quintet came together in Ottawa, and their rootsy, windswept music is about as far from the hipster indie pop of Montreal and Toronto as it’s possible to get. They’re been around since at least 2004, but with this, their third full-length, they’re finally building some well-deserved buzz in the States.
What they’re saying: “A fantastic stew of electronics and grooves, backwards guitars and strings, and Rolf Klausener's subtly soaring vocals.” – Stereogum
What we’re saying: It’s not a stretch to hail frontman Rolf Klausener as a Canadian Jeff Tweedy; he shares the Wilco auteur’s reedy vocal qualities and uncanny gift for making music that’s both warmly familiar and bracingly weird. His band specializes in barn-storming anthems like the shimmering “Restoration” and the excellently titled “Bobcat Goldwraith,” but the tune that will stop everyone dead in their tracks is “Misplaced,” a gorgeous, elliptical love song worthy of late ‘80s R.E.M. – Andy Hermann
Official website: http://theacorn.ca/
Listen: “The Acorn - Restoration”